What types of Valentine’s Day themed foods and drinks should I prepare?

Valentine’s Day is a very fun holiday to cook for because you are essentially taking some of your favorites foods and making them a bit more romantic. The easiest ways to do this is by using heart shaped cookie cutters and baking trays as well as pink and red food coloring. With these tools you can create anything from heart shaped finger sandwiches and soufflés to pink frosted cupcakes. You’ll probably find that most of your themed food is in the sweets and desserts such as heart and cupid shaped cookies and cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, red velvet cake, and chocolate fondue. For snacks you can serve traditional Valentine’s Day candy such as Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses and Sweethearts. You can also serve foods known for their aphrodisiac qualities such as oysters, almonds, nuts, vanilla, and sage. Make any drink instantly romantic by adding cranberry juice or grenadine to the mix. Other drink ideas include Sangria, fruit punch, champagne and red wine.